Submitted to: The International Ribes Association Newsletter
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/1/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Many diseases and pests occur on Ribes, the genus for currants and gooseberries. Some of these diseases are specific to certain localities, while others are distributed world-wide. To prevent the spread of localized diseases, quarantine regulations have been developed. The US federal quarantine divides the importation of Ribes germplasm into three categories: prohibited (plants from Europe), restricted (plants from any country except Canada or those in Europe, and not restricted (plants from Canada or seeds from any foreign country). Presently 17 states have restrictions on movement of domestic Ribes. New Hampshire and North Carolina prohibit any Ribes species from any part of the state. Several states, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, may be reviewing their regulations for possible repeal. New Mexico may institute a regulation to restrict Ribes entry because of a severe infestation of white pine blister rust in native Ribes.